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Subject: Another comedy episode
We know right from the start despite the shocking, murderous prelude that on hearing the "comedy" incidental music, this episode is not going to take itself too seriously.
It's got a few funny scenes featuring some giggling young ladies and really it's a bit like an affectionate spoof on the western genre.
Quality of the copy archived here is indeed inferior and some momentary drop-out of picture near the end betrays that this appears to come from a VHS source or similar.
As mentioned, a scene near the end also has some very quirky, jumpy editing which is a bit disorientating to watch.
Also, the only Cartwrights we see are Little Joe and Hoss, doing their comedy "double act". Ben and Adam just aren't in it.
Although, for what it aims for, it works quite well. But if like me, you prefer the more serious Bonanza episodes, then you'd be more inclined to give it a middling score. As it's just not as deeply absorbing as the more sincere stories. Verdict: Light entertainment.
The Bridge -
Subject: WELL - here it is.
Yes, this is the first show I worked as an electrician on, it was still at Paramount then. We worked into the late evening. It was a fun bunch on this show for sure. I think the Gaffer's name was Roy Woodside, nice boss to work with. I saw this episode when it came out, and I was not paying attention to the story, I was looking for the scenes I worked on hahaha. But, have watched Bonanza for many years and always enjoy it. Take a look at this one.
Subject: Is this the episode.....
....where Michael Landon sings "I'm too sexy for my scarf"?
Subject: Light-hearted Bonanza
Dan Blocker and Michael Landon play dual roles as Hoss and Joe are mistaken for notorious gunslingers. Guest stars include veteran actor Henry Hull, Ellen Corby ("The Waltons"), and King Donovan, whom you can find playing Harvey Helm on Bob Cummings episodes here at the Archive.
Familiar theme replaced by what sounds like Duane Eddy.
Picture quality unfortunately isn't as good as some of the other Bonanza episodes available here, looks as if copy was made from television screen. This particular print shows signs of unusual editing in the last act apparently to make up for missing frames.
Worth the download for the shocking opening teaser.
Subject: The Gunmen (Bonanza)
Season 1, episode 19.
Original air date: 23 January 1960.
Hoss and Little Joe are mistaken for bloodthirsty hired killers in a small Texas town dominated by two feuding families.
Cast: Dan Blocker (Eric `Hoss` Cartwright/ Big Jack Slade), Michael Landon (Joseph `Little Joe` Cartwright/ Little Jim Slade), Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright: credit Only), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright: credit only), (Henry Hull (Sheriff B, Bannneman Brown), Geroge Mitchell (Jubad Hadfield), Douglas Spencer (Alonzo McFadden), King Donovan (twirly Boggs), Dennis Holmes (`Black` Alonzo McFadden), Ellen Corby (Lorna Doone Mayberry), Ann Graves (Amanda McFadden), Jenny Maxwell (Clara Lou Kinsey), Billy McLean (Bartender in Kiowa Flats), Jonathan Gilmore
(Anse Hadfield), Jody Fair (Lisabelle Jones), Dorothy Neumann (Ouisey McFadden), Dorothy Crehan (Suzan Hadfield), Bill Clark (Battender: uncredited) and Bob Miles (Man in Saloon: uncredited).
Copyright has expired abd is now in the public domain.